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Old 10-14-2019, 09:34 PM   #1
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The annual registration fee in some states (NV) is crazy high, based on an MSRP nobody actually pays. $4-5k on an RV that gets used for perhaps 1500 miles per year has me ready to pass. Is there a fee state where you can register an RV without holding a driverís license in that state?
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Old 10-15-2019, 09:07 AM   #2
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Try South Dakota and Maine.
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I have heard stories of registering expensive vehciles in Montana to avoid taxes. Apparently you have to set up a LLC through an attorney to make it happen.
California does have a law that requires residents to register their vehicles in California, you might check to see if Nevada has a similar law.
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Try South Dakota and Maine.
Maine will not accept rv's for registration.
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I just registered a new travel trailer that I bought in December. The total for title, license plate and permanent lifetime registration was $90. That's it. I won't ever have to pay anything else to the state for the life of the trailer, as long as I own it. We also have no sales tax, inspections or emissions testing. If I bought a new Class A, B, C or whatever with an engine, it would cost me $280 for title, license plates and two year registration. After it was eight years old I could get lifetime registration for it.
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I just registered a new travel trailer that I bought in December. The total for title, license plate and permanent lifetime registration was $90. That's it. I won't ever have to pay anything else to the state for the life of the trailer, as long as I own it. We also have no sales tax, inspections or emissions testing. If I bought a new Class A, B, C or whatever with an engine, it would cost me $280 for title, license plates and two year registration. After it was eight years old I could get lifetime registration for it.
If you are over 65 in Alaska, you can get one free permanent vehicle registration.

I did a SENIOR registration on our car & my wife on our FR3.

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As an Alaska resident 65 or older, you may be exempt from fees and taxes when registering a vehicle.

You are entitled to register one vehicle as exempt, if it meets the following criteria:
  • Must be a passenger vehicle, motorhome, van, pick-up truck, motorcycle or trailers
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Please Note: You can only get one exemption for one vehicle. Even if you qualify for a senior, disability and disabled veteran exemption, you can still only have one vehicle exempt.
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What I should have said was they do not allow out of state residents to register their rv in their state, do you know where those two are from? Maine or another state. I also heard that Maine cracked down on boats that were in the waters for a lengthy period of time to gain the fees from boaters. It all come down to the states wanting more money.
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The OP asked if there were states where you could register an RV without having a driver's license for that state. If you own property in that state, you should be able to use that address.
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The OP asked if there were states where you could register an RV without having a driver's license for that state. If you own property in that state, you should be able to use that address.
Yes exactly what I was trying to say, I know a lot of folks who own places that are vacation homes that could register their units at that location if it were better then their home state. I reside in De and a friend could register his farm flat bed in Maine but they would not accept his 5th wheel, why they allow one and not the other is a mystery to me.
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The OP asked if there were states where you could register an RV without having a driver's license for that state. If you own property in that state, you should be able to use that address.
You expect people to read and comprehend the OP's statement.
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You expect people to read and comprehend the OP's statement.
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I just registered a new travel trailer that I bought in December. The total for title, license plate and permanent lifetime registration was $90. That's it. I won't ever have to pay anything else to the state for the life of the trailer, as long as I own it. We also have no sales tax, inspections or emissions testing. If I bought a new Class A, B, C or whatever with an engine, it would cost me $280 for title, license plates and two year registration. After it was eight years old I could get lifetime registration for it.
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If you are over 65 in Alaska, you can get one free permanent vehicle registration.

I did a SENIOR registration on our car & my wife on our FR3.
I used my one free senior registration on my 2019 Silverado, as it's the most expensive one to register. Expensive being a relative term. Most people would be happy to only pay $280 for title, plates and two year registration for a brand new vehicle.
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In Michigan trailers pay a one time fee for plate. For Motorhomes you pay each year and its expensive Wife and I put temp tags on RV as we only RV in the summer. It save us money.

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The annual registration fee in some states (NV) is crazy high, based on an MSRP nobody actually pays. $4-5k on an RV that gets used for perhaps 1500 miles per year has me ready to pass. Is there a fee state where you can register an RV without holding a driverís license in that state?

South Dakota as was mentioned earlier don't need to live there and a simple mail boxes etc will suffice
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FYI: To register a non-commercial TT/MH which is currently registered in an other state in Maine you are required to pay an excise tax, and an annual registration fee.
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FYI: To register a non-commercial TT/MH which is currently registered in an other state in Maine you are required to pay an excise tax, and an annual registration fee.
Ok that makes sense then trying to avoid taxes and high fees in other states and yearly registration fees is not really avoided for a rv. Do you know what the excise fee runs?
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Ok that makes sense then trying to avoid taxes and high fees in other states and yearly registration fees is not really avoided for a rv. Do you know what the excise fee runs?


Maineís Excise Tax is calculated by multiplying the MSRP (not what you paid) by the mil rate of that particular year. https://www.maine.gov/revenue/forms/...axbrochure.pdf
Our first yr excise tax on a new 5th wheel was $1779.
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